Masaba Gupta says ’80s fashion is back in vogue. Hello mirrored sunglasses
International runways to Indian streets: trends from the 1980s are having a moment right now. Designer Masaba Gupta’s guide to wearing them with a contemporary spinHT48HRS_Special Updated: Aug 11, 2016 16:00 IST
Off-the-shoulder styles: For women who want to show some skin without going short or low-cut, an off-the-shoulder dress is the perfect evening wear choice. Bonus: no statement necklace needed.
Power suits: The crisp suit with sharp shoulders was a mega trend among businesswomen of the ’80s, worn by the likes of actor Michelle Pfeiffer back in the day. Closer home, Sonam Kapoor and Deepika Padukone have been donning them with élan. Sport a well-tailored suit at a business meeting or formal event and watch heads turn.
Slogan T-shirts: Ubiquitous in the ’80s, graphic tees are now everyone’s wardrobe staple. No airport style diary is complete without a fun slogan T-shirt.
Ruffle gowns: Get ready to channel your inner Jane Austen romantic.Considered too girly or dated for decades, we’re seeing a ruffle resurgence, thanks to international designers like Ralph & Russo and Balmain, and Shantanu & Nikhil on the home turf.
Crop tops: Madonna’s midriff-baring staple — one of the biggest trend in the ’80s — is back and how. Everywhere you go, be it a music festival or a Sunday brunch, you will definitely see a woman or two sporting a crop top.
Animal print: Sported by the gorgeous Shilpa Shetty back in the day, animal prints are starting to work their way back into modern day street style. Wear it as a sleek dress with minimal accessories or go for animal print pump shoes.
Denim jackets: Over two decades later, the bold denim is a rage again. Make sure the denim’s not too dark and that the jacket’s cut is fairly large.
Mirrored sunglasses: Cliché interpretations of ‘the future’ were a large part of the pop culture landscape during the ’80s, and reflective, mirrored sunglasses played into that in a big way. Well, guess what, we’re in the future now and as is the trend.
Masaba Gupta is a leading fashion designer. She tweets as @MasabaG